Maori TV film Te Mana o te Moana The Pacific Voyagers wins big at New York awards
A Maori Television documentary film production has scooped up a prestigious award at the New York Film and Television Awards.
Te Mana o te Moana The Pacific Voyagers picked up a world medal at the awards held in Las Vegas this week, in the new documentary category of climate change and sustainability.
The film, directed by Anna Marbrook and Mike Single, premiered on Maori Television in 2015.
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It traces the epic two-year voyage of seven, 72 foot waka as they traverse the Pacific Ocean, reviving the sailing and navigational prowess of their ancestors.
Marbrook said the win reinforced how the New Zealand and the Pacific voyaging community can inspire the world stage.
"We are small in numbers but big in dreams. It's only film that can lift these epic narratives into the heroic scale they deserve," she said.
Single, a veteran natural history and adventure cameraman, has also worked on Emmy Award-winning The Crystal Ocean. His images have screened on Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
Also picking up a finalist certificate at the awards was culinary series, Real Pasifik, currently airing on Maori Television at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings.
The series stars award-winning chef Robert Oliver and features cuisine, local chefs and practices found only in the Pacific.